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Expert Patrick Sweeney Explains Security and Political Implications of VoIP and Video Network Control
Sep 08, 2009 (09:09 AM EDT)


SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. , a leading secure network infrastructure company, announced Patrick Sweeney, VP of Product Management and its resident expert on Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video technologies, is available for comment about the threats associated with VoIP and video transmissions. He is also available to discuss the emerging requirements to control bandwidth and prioritize business critical applications as converged networks continue to grow. If interested, he can comment on the recent attempts by certain governments to control VoIP use.

The mainstream use of digital telephony by businesses is growing. Businesses large and now small are turning to VoIP and video to reduce expenses, simplify telephony administration, increase collaboration and improve productivity. Nevertheless, this switch also carries dangerous side effects. Because packet-based voice and video is only effective in real-time, quality of service (QoS) interruptions, hackers and--sometimes even political leaders -- can increase message latency, jitter, packet loss and echo that either makes the communication unintelligible or blocks it. Each day employees download large files such as streaming audio and video or collaborate using video conferencing making bandwidth prioritization critical for conducting business.

Sweeney is available to talk about the security and technical issues, as well as the political implications of these actions that can include:

Recent examples of government intervention include: a coalition of government forces in Russia against the use of VoIP, South Korea's interference with VoIP transmissions and Costa Rica's objection to installing VoIP in the country.

Because of these emerging VoIP threats, an ideal solution delivers comprehensive protection against VoIP and video security threats, while providing the bandwidth and prioritization tools needed to optimize quality of service, says Sweeney..

BIO: SonicWALL Vice President, Product Management Patrick Sweeney Patrick Sweeney is SonicWALL's Vice President, Product Management for all SonicWALL Business Units. With more than 20 years of software development and product management experience, his current focus at SonicWALL is developing products that keep networks secure and wipe out the scourge of spam and phishing from inboxes, digital telephony and video everywhere. WHAT: Sweeney is available to discuss packet manipulation trends in VoIP and video technology and the potential political issues spawned by hackers and dictators working together in countries like China and Belize. RESOURCE: Easily managed and highly cost-effective, SonicWALL Converged Network Security solutions offer a high performance, multi- layered security approach that also maintains quality of service for time-sensitive voice and video applications. Further, all VoIP traffic between third-party VoIP telephony devices can be easily configured to traverse any SonicWALL Secure Remote Access (SRA) solution. To view the more information on SonicWALL's VoIP solutions, go to: http://www.sonicwall.com/downloads/SB__VoIP_US.pdf

SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL's award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. For more information, visit the company web site at HASH(0x1280610) .

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the benefits associated with SonicWALL's converged network solutions and the emerging threats in the VoIP market These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

SOURCE SonicWALL, Inc.

CONTACT: Colleen Nichols of SonicWALL, Inc, +1-408-962-6131, cnichols@sonicwall.com

Web site: http://www.sonicwall.com/